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Lawrence A.

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Larry
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Lawrence A.

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Location
New Mexico
Name
Larry
I'm going to be taking a trip in March/April and because one of the events toward the middle of April will be Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year), a festival with a lot of water being thrown around, I'll be bringing my E-M5, the only water resistant body I have, along with the Olympus 14-150 f4-5.6 ii. It gets sketchy reviews, but I ordered one anyway for the convenience and the weather sealing on the second version. The little 14-42 EZ pancake gets a lot of the same criticism, so I took mine out for a test run and to get used to using the E-M5 again. It's a perfectly decent lens, as I expect the 14-150 mm will be. I could bring my 12-40 f2.8 for weather sealing, but then I'd be using the Stylus for telephoto reach. I decided to leave the stylus at home, order the new super-zoom , and bring my much loved Leica X 113 for uncompromising optical excellence. It's a trade off, but I'm 71 with a bad neck. Lugging 3 or 4 four lenses and a couple of camera bodies no longer works. I can walk the 2 kilometer incline up to the sanctuary at Wat Phu Champassak, but not with a kit killing my neck. Superzooms and pancakes are about compromises. Getting old and creaky is about compromises too. Here are a couple of shots with the 14-42 EZ, a decent little lens with which I shot an entire trip to Laos in 2014 with no wrenching regrets.

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I'm going to be taking a trip in March/April and because one of the events toward the middle of April will be Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year), a festival with a lot of water being thrown around, I'll be bringing my E-M5, the only water resistant body I have, along with the Olympus 14-150 f4-5.6 ii. It gets sketchy reviews, but I ordered one anyway for the convenience and the weather sealing on the second version. The little 14-42 EZ pancake gets a lot of the same criticism, so I took mine out for a test run and to get used to using the E-M5 again. It's a perfectly decent lens, as I expect the 14-150 mm will be. I could bring my 12-40 f2.8 for weather sealing, but then I'd be using the Stylus for telephoto reach. I decided to leave the stylus at home, order the new super-zoom , and bring my much loved Leica X 113 for uncompromising optical excellence. It's a trade off, but I'm 71 with a bad neck. Lugging 3 or 4 four lenses and a couple of camera bodies no longer works. I can walk the 2 kilometer incline up to the sanctuary at Wat Phu Champassak, but not with a kit killing my neck. Superzooms and pancakes are about compromises. Getting old and creaky is about compromises too. Here are a couple of shots with the 14-42 EZ, a decent little lens with which I shot an entire trip to Laos in 2014 with no wrenching regrets.

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I think you will be pleased with the 14-150, it punches above its weight.
 
Location
Switzerland
Name
Matt
I think you will be pleased with the 14-150, it punches above its weight.
I agree - but I'd still advise never pitting it directly against the 12-40mm, as I did, stupidly ... For what it is, the 14-150mm II does a very good job, it's just not a champion for pixel peepers. FWIW, bokeh at 150mm is really great, and sharpness is good enough for normal viewing sizes.

Bringing the X 113 along solves any low light worries you might have had. That said, today, I'd combine the 14-150mm II with the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 II for a really nice and compact travel setup - or get the OM Systems 20mm f/1.4 which is an even better lens. Only one body, and even with the Panasonic, usable sealing (not for downpours as with the 14-150mm II, but I'd have no reservations about taking it out in light rain). With the OM Systems 20mm, it'd be a perfect and hassle-free three-piece travel kit that'd leave some room in even the smallest of bags. Bliss.

Thankfully, my current Z 18-140mm *is* an optically better performer than the 14-150mm II - however, it shares none of its other advantages (reach, size, sealing to the same degree). And I still have the E-M5 III ... Rats. I really shouldn't have thought about all that.* :p

@Lawrence A. You'll have a lot of fun!

M.

*My current compact travel setup, the Nikon Z 6 with Z 24-200mm and Z 40mm, also fits into the very bag I'm thinking of; I could swap the 40mm for the Z 35mm f/1.8 S for even more optical prowess, and better sealing, too. I'm good. But the Nikon kit is at least 50% bigger and heavier than the Olympus combo would be.
 
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